Director of Rugby Mark McCall talks to the media during the Saracens press conference at Twickenham. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Saracens’ chances of reaching the Heineken Cup final for the first time have been given a major boost after Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)

Mark McCall: knows his players must lift their game onto another level to beat Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens coach Mark McCall appreciates that while there’s a large dollop of déjà vu attached to Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulste(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens could face Ulster this weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulouse prop Census Johnston has been ruled out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park (1.30pm) on Saturday. (...)

 Scotland’s Sean Lamont tackles England’s Luther Burrell  during the RBS Six Nations fixture at Murrayfield from which England emerged victorious. Photograph: EPA/Graham Stuart

A powerful Leicester Tigers historically translated into an all conquering England. That’s not the case today. The unswept residue left by the (...)

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe: “When we get back to this, in two months time, we’ve put ourselves in a position that we can confidently have a crack at it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Such is the feeling on the ground after Ulster’s stunning victory at Leicester Tigers last Saturday that it’s difficult to shake-off the suggestion(...)

Dejected Connacht players at the final whistle after the Heineken Cup clash with Saracens. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have been left to reflect on a Heineken Cup season of extremes. From producing the season’s biggest upset with a victory over Toulouse in Fra(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony punches the air after scoring his side’s fourth try against Edinburgh at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a little something for all three Irish provinces still standing in the Heineken Cup, with the main beneficiaries perhaps being Ulster, as th(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon is helped from the field after tearing a calf muscle in the Heineken Cup game against Saracens at The Sportsground. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht will miss their influential Ireland international backrow John Muldoon for up to six weeks after he tore a calf muscle in last Friday’s open(...)

 Brett Wilkinson in action for Connacht against the Ospreys. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht have been left counting the cost if last weekend’s Pro12 defeat to Treviso in Italy as they prepare for Friday night’s Heineken Cup opener ag(...)